A masked ISIS militant speaks next to a man purported to be U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website. REUTERS/Social Media Website via REUTERS TV NTS
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Steven Sotloff, the 31-year-old American freelance journalist facing threat of execution by Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria militants, has covered conflict in Muslim countries for years with care and respect, colleagues said.Sotloff has worked as a freelance journalist for Time, the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy and World Affairs Journal.Speaking to The Miami Herald, she insisted that Sotloff was "no war junkie".Fellow freelance journalist Ben Taub said Sotloff had actually planned to take a break from reporting, but wanted one last Syria run.Taub also suggested that the identity of Sotloff's fixer may have been compromised before crossing the border into Syria from Turkey due to an imprudent Canadian photographer who had never covered war and had wanted to cover the conflict but backed out at the last minute.
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